Quebec consumers most likely to spend less this holiday season: RBC
On average, they plan to spend $1,044 on gifts and other holiday items
TORONTO, Nov. 15, 2012 /CNW/ - Quebec residents are likely to be the most
prudent holiday shoppers in Canada, with intentions to spend the least amount
on gifts and other holiday items at $1,044, well below the national average of
$ 1,182, according to the latest RBC Canadian Consumer Outlook.
On average, Quebecers plan to spend$475 on gifts this holiday season, compared
to the national average of $629. As for other holiday items - clothing,
travel, decorations, beauty services, food and drink, and entertainment -
Quebec consumers are also significantly curbing their spending to $360, down
from $572 last year and significantly less than the Canadian average of $612.
"Taking the time to create a budget enables you to know what you can afford
before you start your holiday shopping," said Chris McEachern, financial
planning role strategist, RBC Financial Planning. "Having a plan and knowing
where the money is coming from to pay for your purchases provides peace of
mind and is a great way to start off a new year."
Most (62 per cent) Quebec consumers intend to pay for the holiday season with
savings and 24 per cent plan to use credit cards. Less than one-in-five (19
per cent) say they have not thought about how they will finance the holidays.
RBC offers the following tips and secure payment options for holiday spending
to help ensure that you stick to your holiday budget while enjoying the spirit
of the season:
-- Take control by preparing a budget - A budget will help you
live within your means, during the holidays and throughout the
rest of the year, and avoid unnecessary debt. A
can help you put a plan with a budget in place or online
budgeting and savings resources available on websites such as
can be of great assistance to help keep holiday spending plans
is another online customizable financial management tool that
will help keep tabs on your monthly spending so you know
exactly where your money is going and how to budget properly.
-- Use cash and credit wisely - If you plan on using savings for
your holiday costs, make your credit card work for you by using
it for purchases and then immediately pay off the balance. Many
rely on their credit cards for larger purchases but may not use
it for everyday shopping instead of using cash. Holiday
spending on groceries, gas, restaurants and clothing can add up
quickly, but using your card can help you keep track of your
expenses and also earn rewards more quickly while taking
advantage of a temporary interest-free loan on purchases.
-- Shop online with confidence - E-commerce sites are a great way
to avoid crowds at the mall. Use the
RBC Virtual Visa Debit
for shopping online with funds coming directly from your bank
account. This is a simple and secure way to make purchases that
will be processed over Visa's network, providing the protection
of Visa's multiple layers of security including: Visa's Zero
Liability Policy, Verified by Visa, E-Promise, AVS (Address
Verification Service) and CVV2 (the three-digit code).
-- Have someone that's "hard to buy for"? - More secure than cash,
RBC Visa Gift Cards
can be used anywhere around the world where Visa cards are
accepted, including online, giving friends and family more
options than traditional store gift cards. RBC Visa Gift Cards
are available at all RBC branches.
-- Get peace of mind with purchase protection and extended
warranty - Take advantage of these insurance features on gifts
(e.g. electronics) that
RBC credit cards
offer. Need help finding the right card? Visit the
RBC Advice Centre.
About RBC savings and other financial advice and interactive tools
Canadians can access RBC Financial Planning and www.rbc.com/savingsspot for
free planning, budgeting and savings advice and resources, or to find an
Investment and Retirement Planner near you. In addition, all personal RBC
online banking clients can use myFinanceTracker, a no-cost interactive
financial management tool, to create and track their budget, savings goals and
spending habits. Whether Canadians want to get more from their day-to-day
banking, protect what's important, save and invest, borrow with confidence or
take care of their businesses, the RBC Advice Centre can help answer their
questions. Interactive tools and calculators provide customized information
covering many facets of personal finance. In addition, online advice videos
are updated regularly to reflect current trends and to answer the questions
that are top of mind with Canadians. With the guidance of RBC advisors who are
available to chat live, Canadians have access to free, no-obligation
professional advice about RBC products and services and personalized
one-on-one service at www.rbcadvicecentre.com.
About The RBC Canadian Consumer Outlook Index
The survey is conducted online via Ipsos Reid's national I-Say Consumer Panel
to 3,375 Canadians, including 609 Quebecers. Weightingwas thenemployed to
balance demographics and ensure that the sample's composition reflects that of
the adult population according to Census data and to provide results intended
to approximate the sample universe. Data collection was October 1 to 10,
2012. The precision of Ipsos Reid polls are calculated using a credibility
interval. In this case, the poll is accurate to within +/- 1.9 percentage
points of the entire Canadian population.
Media contacts: Kate Yurincich, RBC, (416) 974-1031 Suzanne Willers, RBC,
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